Which are Alex’s top windsurfing spots??
With its changeable weather and windy coasts, La Manche has lots of great places for windsurfing, especially on the west coast. To train in the best conditions, Alex’s favourite spots are the beaches at Urville-Nacqueville, Siouville and Le Rozel. The weather and wind conditions generally determine where he chooses to train.
Urville is a top spot in La Manche for this discipline. This is where Alex first started. It’s a very popular place, being perfect for beginners, but with northwesterly winds that also provide great conditions for more experienced windsurfers. The Pôle Nautique de Hague (La Hague watersports centre), where Alex trains, is located in a fort on the beach. It offers group lessons, courses and equipment hire for most of the year. If you’d like to try this activity and/or develop your skills, Urville is the place to be.
This is undoubtedly the best-known spot. The waves here are often powerful and perfect for more experienced windsurfers. This is where you’re most likely to find Alex. Depending on the direction of the wind, the conditions can be very different, with southwesterly lows giving the best conditions. Another big advantage is that the beach is huge: an 11 km stretch to Vauville, meaning there’s room for everybody.
Note: to ride here, you’ll need your own gear. The club in Siouville specialises in surfing and doesn’t have any windsurfing equipment for hire.
Just down the coast from Siouville, Le Rozel is a perfect spot, with southerly and southwesterly winds. The beach is very exposed, with waves that are typically cleaner and longer. As in Siouville, you’ll need to bring your own gear.